China adopts two-child policy

China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children after decades of the strict one-child policy, the ruling Communist Party said on Thursday, a move aimed at alleviating demographic strains on the economy. The policy is a major liberalization of the country’s family planning restrictions,[…]

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Increasing concern over child brides

Child marriage is a human rights violation and is illegal under international law. However, in some countries these laws are not enforced or exceptions are provided for parental consent or traditional and customary laws. Child marriage is said to impact over 15 million girls a year, but Jude Thaddeus from[…]

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Identity of abducted teen to be protected: court

The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday granted an urgent application against all major media groups in South Africa to protect the identity of a Cape Town girl who was kidnapped at birth. Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann granted an urgent order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to the[…]

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Provide counseling for child rape victims: Childline

With child victims of rape and sexual assault often experiencing major difficulties in finding the confidence to testify against alleged perpetrators, it has become an all too common occurrence to see such cases dropped. As such, local child protection NGO, Childline SA has called for better court preparation for victims[…]

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Cape man owes R113 600 maintenence

The Western Cape’s top child maintenance defaulter, who owes R113,600, appeared in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the justice department said. The court heard that Faizel Petersen, 39, had not paid maintenance for his four minor children since last year, said regional departmental head Hishaam Mohamed. Petersen was[…]

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